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  • Columns | November 11, 2012

    China’s new leader faces major issues

    One of the problems Communist regimes face is succession that is neither regularized nor transparent. We observed such a process in North Korea. Now that Pyongyang’s succession crisis appears over, specialists are trying to figure out what Kim-Jung-un’s rise to power means for

  • Columns | November 11, 2012

    Curiosity builds for next wheat harvest


    Now mostly planted, the annual wheat watch for the next crop — this one to be harvested in mid-2013 — has begun, complete with a wide range of observations and insights. A pretty good rain in early October did three things: one, it watered some tiny wheat

  • Columns | November 09, 2012

    Trip to Russia an eye-opener

    Last month, while the combines of Kansas were harvesting soybean fields, my husband packed and left the country. This was unusual, to say the least, but Bob was extended an invitation from Kansas State University to go to Moscow with a team from the Agronomy

  • Columns | November 07, 2012

    Candor needed on Benghazi

    Editor’s note: This letter from U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts to President Barack Obama was written last week. Dear Mr. President: During these final days of this coming election, I have been conducting town hall meetings in Kansas. I am fully aware this letter

  • Columns | November 05, 2012

    Presidential delivery matters

    Nancy Reagan is sure to be pleased that her beloved Ronnie is remembered as “the great communicator.” He had that genial cadence and warm voice that enlivened audiences from the time he announced General Electric radio programs. A friend who played in the band with

  • Columns | November 04, 2012

    Brownback spin obscures troubling situation

    Despite claims to the contrary by Gov. Sam Brownback and his staff, Kansas is still on path to toward a cumulative $2.4 billion deficit (in the absence of severe budget cuts) by fiscal year 2018. How can that be so, given the governor’s claims of a

  • Columns | October 28, 2012

    Farm policy difficult for federal government

    National farm policy, in my personal view, has behaved over time like a lurching, overweight and clumsy machine driven by amateurs and causing more harm than good. Its successes have usually been compensatory reverses from disastrous or overly complicated programs like the old set aside

  • Columns | October 28, 2012

    Armed forces imperiled by sequestration

    I doubt many people realize the impact that President Barack Obama’s cuts to the military budget, not to mention sequestration stemming from an ill-advised agreement between Republicans and Democrats,  will have on our country. In the first instance, there will be a 9-percent

  • Columns | October 23, 2012

    An antidote for student debt…

    A March 2012 study by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found that 84 percent of college graduates thought the expense of going to college was a good investment. As a university president, it is easy to feel reassured. As the parent of

  • Columns | October 21, 2012

    City shines during leaders’ visit

    We have yet another reason to be extremely proud of our community! The shining star of the State of Kansas shone its brightest during the recent visit of the Leadership Kansas Class of 2012 to Manhattan-Junction City. This group of 40 leaders from 23 Kansas cities represents a

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